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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637052/subtle-eye-movement-metrics-reveal-task-relevant-representations-prior-to-visual-search
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Anouk M van Loon, Katya Olmos-Solis, Christian N L Olivers
Visual search is thought to be guided by an active visual working memory (VWM) representation of the task-relevant features, referred to as the search template. In three experiments using a probe technique, we investigated which eye movement metrics reveal which search template is activated prior to the search, and distinguish it from future relevant or no longer relevant VWM content. Participants memorized a target color for a subsequent search task, while being instructed to keep central fixation. Before the search display appeared, we briefly presented two task-irrelevant colored probe stimuli to the left and right from fixation, one of which could match the current target template...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636823/how-bacteria-respond-to-material-stiffness-during-attachment-a-role-of-escherichia-coli-flagellar-motility
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Fangchao Song, Megan E Brasch, Hao Wang, James H Henderson, Karen Sauer, Dacheng Ren
Material stiffness has been shown to have potent effects on bacterial attachment and biofilm formation, but the mechanism is still unknown. In this study, response to material stiffness by Escherichia coli during attachment was investigated with biofilm assays and cell tracking using the Automated Contour-base Tracking for In Vitro Environments (ACTIVE) computational algorithm. By comparing the movement of E. coli cells attached on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) surfaces of different Young's moduli (0.1 and 2...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636755/technical-note-combination-of-multiple-epid-imager-layers-improves-image-quality-and-tracking-performance-of-low-contrast-to-noise-objects
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Stephen Sf Yip, Joerg Rottmann, Haijian Chen, Daniel Morf, Rony Füglistaller, Josh Star-Lack, George Zentai, Ross Berbeco
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that combining multiple amorphous silicon flat panel layers increases photon detection efficiency in an electronic portal imaging device (EPID), improving image quality and tracking accuracy of low contrast targets during radiotherapy METHODS: The prototype imager evaluated in this study contained 4 individually programmable layers each with a copper converter layer, Gd2 O2 S scintillator and active-matrix flat panel imager (AMFPI). The imager was placed on a Varian TrueBeam linac and a Las Vegas phantom programmed with sinusoidal motion (peak-to-peak amplitude=20mm, Period=3...
June 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636477/three-axial-evaluation-of-whole-body-vibration-in-agricultural-telehandlers-the-effects-of-an-active-cab-suspension-system
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Federica Caffaro, Christian Preti, Margherita Micheletti Cremasco, Eugenio Cavallo
Agricultural and earth-moving machinery operators are particularly exposed to whole body vibration (WBV), which has severe effects on health and affects comfort and performance. Few studies have investigated vibrational safety and comfort issues in telescopic handlers. These vehicles are widespread in many off-road applications-such as construction, agriculture and mining-used to handle loads and to lift persons and equipment. This study investigated the effects of an active hydro-pneumatic cab-suspension system fitted to a telehandler on a driver's vibration exposure along the x-, y- and z-axes, through both objective and subjective assessments...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634675/wild-capuchin-monkeys-anticipate-the-amount-of-ripe-fruit-in-natural-trees
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María Paula Tujague, Charles H Janson
Tropical forests have a high diversity of tree species which have very low densities and vary across time in their seasons of peak fruiting and maturation rates. As evidence of the ability of primates to track or anticipate changes in fruit production at individual trees, researchers have used the increased speed of primate groups toward more rewarding food patches. We analyzed the speed of approach to natural trees of wild capuchin monkeys under the effect of scramble competition, after excluding any plausible visual, olfactory and auditory cues...
June 20, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634420/characterization-of-the-proinflammatory-profile-of-synovial-fluid-derived-exosomes-of-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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Rossana Domenis, Rossella Zanutel, Federica Caponnetto, Barbara Toffoletto, Adriana Cifù, Cinzia Pistis, Paolo Di Benedetto, Araldo Causero, Massimo Pozzi, Fabrizio Bassini, Martina Fabris, Kayvan R Niazi, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Francesco Curcio
The purpose of this study is to characterize synovial fluid- (SF-) derived exosomes of patients with gonarthrosis comparing two methods of isolation and to investigate their immune regulatory properties. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been isolated from inflamed SF by polymer precipitation method and quantified by Exocet kit and by nanoparticle tracking analysis. Vesicles expressed all the specific exosomal markers by immunoblot and FACS. After isolation with Exoquick, a relevant contamination by immune complexes was detected, which required further magnetic bead-based purification to remove...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633696/cross-border-collaboration-for-improved-tuberculosis-prevention-and-care-policies-tools-and-experiences
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M Dara, G Sulis, R Centis, L D'Ambrosio, G de Vries, P Douglas, D Garcia, N Jansen, E Zuroweste, G B Migliori
As tuberculosis (TB) spreads beyond borders with people movements, several interventions ensuring the continuity of care are essential, although difficult to put in place in the absence of well-defined agreements allowing data sharing and easy referral of patients to appropriate health facilities. This article first sets out general principles for cross-border collaboration and continuity of care. It then presents a series of case studies. Policies and practices on cross-border collaboration in selected low-incidence countries (Australia, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States) are described and critically appraised...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632158/on-the-application-of-image-processing-methods-for-bubble-recognition-to-the-study-of-subcooled-flow-boiling-of-water-in-rectangular-channels
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Concepción Paz, Marcos Conde, Jacobo Porteiro, Miguel Concheiro
This work introduces the use of machine vision in the massive bubble recognition process, which supports the validation of boiling models involving bubble dynamics, as well as nucleation frequency, active site density and size of the bubbles. The two algorithms presented are meant to be run employing quite standard images of the bubbling process, recorded in general-purpose boiling facilities. The recognition routines are easily adaptable to other facilities if a minimum number of precautions are taken in the setup and in the treatment of the information...
June 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632106/speed-interactive-treadmill-training-using-smartphone-based-motion-tracking-technology-improves-gait-in-stroke-patients
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Junyoung Lee, Kyeongjin Lee, Changho Song
This study was conducted to investigate the effects of speed-interactive treadmill training (SITT) using smartphone-based motion tracking technology on gait in stroke patients. Thirty-four chronic stroke patients were randomly divided into a SITT group (n = 18) and a standard treadmill training (control) group (n = 16). The SITT group underwent smartphone-based SSIT while the control group underwent standard treadmill training. Both groups performed the training for 35 min per session, 3 times per week, for 6 weeks...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631229/do-terrestrial-animals-avoid-areas-close-to-turbines-in-functioning-wind-farms-in-agricultural-landscapes
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Rafał Łopucki, Daniel Klich, Sylwia Gielarek
Most studies on the effects of wind energy on animals have focused on avian and bat activity, habitat use, and mortality, whereas very few have been published on terrestrial, non-volant wildlife. In this paper, we studied the utilization of functioning wind farm areas by four terrestrial animals common to agricultural landscapes: European roe deer, European hare, red fox, and the common pheasant. Firstly, we expected that the studied animals do not avoid areas close to turbines and utilize the whole area of functioning wind farms with a frequency similar to the control areas...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630340/enhancing-t1-magnetic-resonance-imaging-contrast-with-internalized-gadolinium-iii-in-a-multilayer-nanoparticle
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Valeria S Marangoni, Oara Neumann, Luke Henderson, Caterina C Kaffes, Hui Zhang, Runmin Zhang, Sandra Bishnoi, Ciceron Ayala-Orozco, Valtencir Zucolotto, James A Bankson, Peter Nordlander, Naomi J Halas
Multifunctional nanoparticles for biomedical applications have shown extraordinary potential as contrast agents in various bioimaging modalities, near-IR photothermal therapy, and for light-triggered therapeutic release processes. Over the past several years, numerous studies have been performed to synthesize and enhance MRI contrast with nanoparticles. However, understanding the MRI enhancement mechanism in a multishell nanoparticle geometry, and controlling its properties, remains a challenge. To systematically examine MRI enhancement in a nanoparticle geometry, we have synthesized MRI-active Au nanomatryoshkas...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630067/sipa-activation-of-caspase-3-is-a-decisive-mediator-of-host-cell-survival-at-early-stages-of-salmonella-typhimurium-infection
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Anne McIntosh, Lynsey M Meikle, Michael Ormsby, Beth A McCormick, John M Christie, James M Brewer, Mark Roberts, Daniel M Wall
Salmonella invasion protein A (SipA) is a dual function effector protein that plays roles in both actin polymerization and caspase-3 activation in intestinal epithelial cells. To date its function in other cell types has remained largely unknown despite its expression in multiple cell types and its extracellular secretion during infection. Here we show that in macrophages SipA induces increased caspase-3 activation early in infection. This activation required a threshold level of SipA linked to multiplicity of infection and may be a limiting factor controlling bacterial numbers in infected macrophages...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629785/-interest-using-3d-ultrasound-and-mri-fusion-biopsy-for-prostate-cancer-detection
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A Marien, A De Castro Abreu, I Gill, A Villers, O Ukimura
INTRODUCTION: The strategic therapy for prostate cancer depends on histo-pronostics data, which could be upgraded by obtaining targeted biopsies (TB) with MRI (magnetic resonance imagery) fusion 3D ultrasound. OBJECTIVES: To compare diagnostic yield of image fusion guided prostate biopsy using image fusion of multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) with 3D-TRUS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2010 and April 2013, 179 consecutive patients underwent outpatient TRUS biopsy using the real-time 3D TRUS tracking system (Urostation™)...
June 16, 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629778/posture-and-gaze-tracking-of-a-vertically-moving-target-reveals-age-related-constraints-in-visuo-motor-coupling
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H Sotirakis, A Kyvelidou, N Stergiou, V Hatzitaki
Previously we have demonstrated that the effect of aging on posture and gaze active tracking of a visual target moving in the horizontal direction is dependent on target's complexity. In this study, we asked whether a similar phenomenon is present when tracking a visual target moving with varying complexity in the vertical direction. Ten young (22.98±2.9years) and 10 older adults (72.45±4.72years) tracked for 120seconds, a visual target moving vertically by shifting their bodyweight in the anterior-posterior direction...
June 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628945/precise-spike-timing-dynamics-of-hippocampal-place-cell-activity-sensitive-to-cholinergic-disruption
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Ehren L Newman, Sarah Jo C Venditto, Jason R Climer, Elijah A Petter, Shea N Gillet, Sam Levy
New memory formation depends upon both the hippocampus and modulatory effects of acetylcholine. The mechanism by which acetylcholine levels in the hippocampus enable new encoding remains poorly understood. Here, we tested the hypothesis that cholinergic modulation supports memory formation by leading to structured spike timing in the hippocampus. Specifically, we tested if phase precession in dorsal CA1 was reduced under the influence of a systemic cholinergic antagonist. Unit and field potential was recorded from the dorsal CA1 of rats as they completed laps on a circular track for food rewards before and during the influence of the systemically administered acetylcholine muscarinic receptor antagonist scopolamine...
June 19, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628534/daily-physical-activity-in-total-hip-arthroplasty-patients-undergoing-different-surgical-approaches-a-cohort-study
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Monika Engdal, Olav A Foss, Kristin Taraldsen, Vigdis S Husby, Siri B Winther
OBJECTIVE: Muscle weakness due to trauma from the surgical approach is anticipated to affect the ability of the patient to undertake daily physical activity early after total hip arthroplasty (THA). The objective of this study was to compare daily physical activity on days 1 to 4 after discharge, in patients following THA performed by 1 of 3 surgical approaches. DESIGN: A cohort study included 60 hip osteoarthritis patients, scheduled for THA, allocated to direct lateral approach, posterior approach, or anterior approach...
July 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628116/cadherin-composition-and-multicellular-aggregate-invasion-in-organotypic-models-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-intraperitoneal-metastasis
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Y Klymenko, O Kim, E Loughran, J Yang, R Lombard, M Alber, M S Stack
During epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) progression, intraperitoneally disseminating tumor cells and multicellular aggregates (MCAs) present in ascites fluid adhere to the peritoneum and induce retraction of the peritoneal mesothelial monolayer prior to invasion of the collagen-rich submesothelial matrix and proliferation into macro-metastases. Clinical studies have shown heterogeneity among EOC metastatic units with respect to cadherin expression profiles and invasive behavior; however, the impact of distinct cadherin profiles on peritoneal anchoring of metastatic lesions remains poorly understood...
June 19, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627505/monitoring-alert-and-drowsy-states-by-modeling-eeg-source-nonstationarity
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Sheng-Hsiou Hsu, Tzyy-Ping Jung
As a human brain performs various cognitive functions within ever-changing environments, states of the brain characterized by recorded brain activities such as electroencephalogram (EEG) are inevitably nonstationary. The challenges of analyzing the nonstationary EEG signals include finding neurocognitive sources that underlie different brain states and using EEG data to quantitatively assess the state changes. Approach. This study hypothesizes that brain activities under different states, e.g. levels of alertness, can be modeled as distinct compositions of statistically independent sources using independent component analysis (ICA)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626806/a-brief-measure-to-predict-exercise-behavior-the-archer-garcia-ratio
#20
Danilo Garcia, Thiago Medeiros da Costa Daniele, Trevor Archer
BACKGROUND: Different forms of conscious and planned physical exercise and activity that individuals perform improve not only physical but also psychological health, well-being, and both physical and intellectual performance. Here we put forward and test the predictive validity of the Archer-Garcia Ratio, a brief measure for exercise frequency computed using participants' responses to two questions. METHOD: The participants (N = 158) were recruited from a training facility in the south of Sweden...
June 2017: Heliyon
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